Antarctica: The Last Pantry of Mankind or the Reason for a Great War


These days mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery by the Russian expedition of Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev of the southernmost, coldest, and in many respects in many respects the “most-most” continent of the Earth - Antarctica. On the occasion of the anniversary, the glorious deeds of the past, the discoverers and brave explorers of the icy deserts, spread over the territory exceeding Australia, are recalled. Not forgotten are those who still have a difficult watch there, serving science. Much less is said about something else - the future of Antarctica. But this is a question of tremendous significance for all of humanity. Antarctica is our last pantry.


Today, the legal status of the continent is defined by a short wording - "nobody's land." In accordance with the fifty countries of the world signed in 1959 and the Antarctic Convention that entered into force in 1961, no state has the right to declare these spaces its territory. Moreover, warships, no matter whose flag they go, cannot approach this continent closer than the 60th parallel; no army base or other military target can be based on it. Also, from the 80s of the last century, Antarctica has been a “forbidden zone” for everything that is connected with the atom - both military and peaceful. Vessels with nuclear power plants do not enter there; not a single reactor can operate there.

This is the case today - several dozen research stations, which are located from thousands (in winter) to 4 thousand people (in summer) of scientific personnel from different countries from all over the planet. 3-4 tens of thousands of tourists in their desire to see the world annually get even here. A frightened creature, albeit not too diverse, but guarded as carefully as anywhere else. Since the 90s, dogs have been prohibited from entering Antarctica, which can disturb the peace of important, like real crowned persons, emperor penguins ...

Global warming approaching the Earth makes itself felt here as well - not only with icebergs regularly breaking off its ice sheet, some of which have an area of ​​thousands of square kilometers, but also with the appearance of tundra sites there. In about a hundred years the first trees promise ...

However, all this is lyrics. A much more serious point is that Antarctica currently contains (in the form of ice, of course) 80% of all fresh water reserves on the planet. The very one, the problems with which most likely will arise in humanity in the foreseeable future. In addition, under the one and a half kilometer (on average) ice and on the continental continental shelf the entire periodic table is hidden. Mineral deposits in Antarctica are much less explored than in other parts of the world, but there is every reason to believe that they are huge. It is precisely because of this that many scientists are inclined to consider Antarctica as the last treasure of human civilization, for which our descendants will undertake only by finally gutting all the rest of the bowels of the planet. And then the question of whose earth there is and who owns the wealth lurking in it, will not be able to get around.

Here it would be very appropriate to recall that at one time the right to Antarctica, so to speak, was wholly and completely claimed by Great Britain, Argentina and Chile. The Australians showed slightly lesser appetites - they were ready to be satisfied with about half of the continent. The list of applicants for hefty "pieces" of Antarctic lands also includes New Zealand, France, and Norway. In this case, the descendants of the proud Vikings set their sights on the territory, exceeding their own country every ten times. So far, all these dreams have been restrained by the Convention mentioned above, which no one risks violating. However, if it comes to the last piece, it is unlikely that it will stop anyone. Some analysts already today believe that the issue of control over the icy lands of Antarctica and its myriad treasures may be the reason for the last world war. Then, to the “bloody waterfall”, which is one of the main Antarctic sights today, the water saturated with iron oxide, which beats from the Taylor Glacier, can be supplemented with quite real blood of the great war.

The most interesting thing is that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union, and subsequently Russia, have ever taken part in the process of “absentee sharing”. This is due, first of all, to the fact that the two world powers, which have repeatedly declared the Antarctic territorial claims of other countries ridiculous, understand perfectly well: to understand if something happens they will first of all be among themselves.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins 29 January 2020 07: 46 New
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    The last pantry ...
    What is the correct name. Thanks for the interesting article.
    1. svp67 29 January 2020 09: 15 New
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      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      The last pantry ...

      Here I would argue, there is still the bottom of the world Ocean, but I agree with the thought.
      Where there is a “pantry”, there is a “treasure” that seems to be “no man’s”, and this is always a cause and reason for a confrontation, including an armed one.
      1. figwam 29 January 2020 09: 48 New
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        Long wait until the pantry of Antarctica is freed from ice.
        1. svp67 29 January 2020 10: 38 New
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          Quote: figvam
          Long wait until the pantry of Antarctica is freed from ice.

          who knows, it has been recorded recently that she is very quickly freed from her ice shell, in any case, there are already many sections without ice on the coast
          1. bessmertniy 29 January 2020 11: 02 New
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            The development of Antarctica can accelerate the process. If all this ice melts, then the sea level will rise by 65-70 meters. And there will be neither London, nor New York, nor St. Petersburg, nor many other cities that today belong to the largest cities in the world. request
            1. svp67 29 January 2020 11: 04 New
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              Quote: bessmertniy
              And there will be neither London, nor New York, nor St. Petersburg,

              Holland, how long has it been living having a lot of territory below sea level and nothing is alive
            2. Egor53 29 January 2020 11: 32 New
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              Well, how much can you carry any crap about melting ice in Antarctica!
              The ice has never melted there, and will not melt. The highest temperature in Antarctica never rises above -10 ° C. And the average annual temperature in Antarctica is lower than -40 ° C.
              Horror stories about "melting ice in Antarctica" are designed for those who did not teach physics at school.
              1. Blackmokona 29 January 2020 17: 22 New
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                Central Antarctica is the pole of cold of our planet. At Vostok station on August 24, 1960, a temperature of -88,3 ° C was recorded. The average temperature of the winter months is from -60 to -70 ° С, and the summer months are from -30 to -50 ° С. Even in summer, the temperature never rises above -20 ° C. On the coast, especially in the Antarctic Peninsula, the air temperature in the summer reaches 10-12 ° C, and on average in the warmest month (January) is 1 ° C, 2 ° C.

                Source: https://geographyofrussia.com/klimat-antarktidy/
              2. vargo 30 January 2020 11: 58 New
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                School by school, but there they will not tell you everything. This video is old, but I think it will clearly explain how the processes of reducing ice occur there.
        2. BARKAS 29 January 2020 11: 00 New
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          And if it melts, then almost everything under the water will look like.
        3. Machito 29 January 2020 11: 35 New
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          Antarctica - Russian land discovered by our sailors.
    2. Alexey LK 30 January 2020 06: 38 New
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      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      The last pantry ...
      What is the correct name

      Wrong! We just picked up in some places, not very deeply, if we talk about the earth's crust as a whole. Why is it believed that it is easier to mine under 4 km of ice than under 4 km of land somewhere else, where it is much warmer and more comfortable? Plus, as long as you drive from there to the centers for processing raw materials, it will become gold!
    3. DRM
      DRM 31 January 2020 12: 45 New
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      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      The last pantry ...
      What is the correct name. Thanks for the interesting article.

      For the first time, Kharaluzhny wrote something worthwhile. For the first time I put him a plus.
  2. Uncle lee 29 January 2020 07: 46 New
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    two world powers
    Added a third, fourth, fifth on the way ....
    1. knn54 29 January 2020 11: 59 New
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      But the Third World may well erupt from behind Antarctica.
  3. bessmertniy 29 January 2020 07: 48 New
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    Antarctica must be declared the property of all mankind and a common order for all countries to be present on the continent and the possible use of resources. This is probably the case of a special conference on Antarctica. hi
    1. carstorm 11 29 January 2020 08: 03 New
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      Do you believe that in the modern world someone will do everything in fairness?))) the states will catch up with their mongrel and, in fact, there will create the majority that will bark on command)
      1. bessmertniy 29 January 2020 08: 07 New
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        There is no justice today. But some elementary order must be introduced. what
    2. svp67 29 January 2020 10: 39 New
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      Quote: bessmertniy
      Antarctica must be declared the property of all mankind

      Yes, they announced it long ago, but it is unlikely to help. Any such prohibition is effective only when supported by some kind of armed component.
    3. Alex2711 29 January 2020 20: 49 New
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      The land belongs to the state that discovered this land. The Russians discovered Antarctica, which means ours is Antarctica.
  4. Van 16 29 January 2020 07: 59 New
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    The White Continent ... Unfortunately, sooner or later, there will probably be a big redistribution. What I really would not want to .. As a child I read books by Vladimir Sanin .. ('72 degrees below zero ", etc. ..)
  5. Pessimist22 29 January 2020 08: 07 New
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    Olympic rings, there are five of them.
    And the sixth, white, is not visible.
    Because it’s forbidden to allow
    Antarctica MOK nits.
    1. Mar.Tirah 29 January 2020 08: 17 New
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      Quote: Pessimist22
      Because it’s forbidden to allow
      Antarctica MOK nits.

      King Penguins ???????????????
    2. Bossota 29 January 2020 08: 17 New
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      It is and really white. Located at the bottom and is the top of the inverted triangle. That's just on a white background is absolutely not noticeable.
  6. Rostislav 29 January 2020 08: 25 New
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    Yes, Russia and the states will understand. And here the Russian aircraft carriers would be very useful.
  7. bober1982 29 January 2020 08: 37 New
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    Antarctica attracted not only researchers and seekers of natural treasures.
    Hitler showed great interest in Antarctica - he equipped expeditions, created submarine bases (in huge grottoes), and arranged occult temples.
  8. rocket757 29 January 2020 08: 44 New
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    Antarctica: The Last Pantry of Mankind or the Reason for a Great War

    Come on. When resources run out on earth, humans will go into space and resources will be dragged from asteroids !!! If we survive, of course, until then ???
  9. nm76 29 January 2020 09: 04 New
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    The moment when mankind confronts in an armed confrontation for minerals in Antarctica will be preceded by a war for arable land and drinking water. The issue of thirst and hunger will become faster than the lack of coal.
  10. Pavel57 29 January 2020 09: 14 New
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    About China, not a word in the article.
  11. Nitarius 29 January 2020 09: 44 New
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    BOOT THEY GET .. FROM OUR LANDS! )))
  12. VicktorVR 29 January 2020 10: 49 New
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    Apparently not in vain, under the guise of protecting and developing the NSR and the Russian Arctic, icebreakers and specialized military equipment are being built at an accelerated pace.
  13. Operator 29 January 2020 11: 53 New
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    Ice surface relief of the land of Antarctica

  14. Jack O'Neill 29 January 2020 12: 06 New
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    I Antarctica as a "pantry" is interesting in terms of history. How many good things there are under the ice, how many interesting things!
    After all, before, a long time ago, it was the tropics.
    Imagine what organisms lived in those days? And if they were developed, but just cut themselves out?
    Imagine if they find there an outpost of an ancient civilization, the one that built the "Atlantis"?
    And if the ancient weapons remained there, moreover, the working one?
    It's terribly interesting what the ice is hiding.
    1. bober1982 29 January 2020 12: 25 New
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      Imagine if they find there an outpost of an ancient civilization, the one that built the "Atlantis"?

      The Germans (SS men) both searched and tried to enter into a telepathic connection with their blue-eyed ancestors of the Aryan race.
      Quote: Jack O'Neill
      It's terribly interesting what the ice hides

      I agree.
      1. Jack O'Neill 29 January 2020 12: 36 New
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        The Germans (SS men) both searched and tried to enter into a telepathic connection with their blue-eyed ancestors of the Aryan race.

        But really looking!
        But what is interesting: did you find anything?
        1. bober1982 29 January 2020 12: 40 New
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          Quote: Jack O'Neill
          Did you find anything?

          It is difficult to say that ours captured German documents as their trophies on their Arctic affairs, Stalin ordered the expedition to Antarctica to be equipped, found bases and something else, but the materials were classified.
          1. Jack O'Neill 29 January 2020 14: 52 New
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            It's hard to say that ours captured German documents on their Arctic affairs as trophies, Stalin ordered an expedition to Antarctica to be equipped, found bases and something else, but the materials were classified

            So they found something ... Intrigue!
            1. bober1982 29 January 2020 15: 03 New
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              We found German bases in Antarctica - it is reliably known, at a depth of almost 500m, under the lake.
              Thermal springs, huge grottoes.
              Although they were apparently looking for something else that they kept secret.